Officials: Safety tool might have prevented New Jersey train crash

Damage is seen on a section of the roof of the Hoboken station as seen from Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. A crowded commuter train plowed into the bustling  station during the morning rush hour Thursday, injuring more than 100 in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Damage is seen on a section of the roof of the Hoboken station as seen from Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. A crowded commuter train plowed into the bustling station during the morning rush hour Thursday, injuring more than 100 in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

HOBOKEN, N.J. (WTNH) — Officials say a safety tool that congress asked for eight years ago might have prevented that train wreck, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Transportation officials say if “New Jersey transit” had installed “positive train control” then the train would have automatically slowed down to a safe speed before it entered the station.

According to the latest data from the Federal Railroad Administration, New Jersey transit has not installed the system in any of its 440 engines or put in place 124 rail-side towers that would communicate with the trains.

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